The reality is these people give away jobs in government to unqualified people as quickly as possible. Surprisingly, Krugman didn't mention Iraq! Of all the cronyism it's so surprising he should fail to mention how the Coalition Provisional Authority was staffed with partisan, uhhh, I'm not even going to say hacks since these people hadn't even reached the hack status yet. The CHILDREN of partisan hacks. Hacksters, if you will.
Viewed from the outside, their experience illustrates many of the problems that have beset the U.S.-led Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA), a paucity of experienced applicants, a high turnover rate, bureaucracy, partisanship and turf wars. But within their group, inside the "Green Zone," the four-mile strip surrounded by cement blast walls where Iraq's temporary rulers are based, their seven months at the CPA was the experience of a lifetime. It was defined by long hours, patriotism, friendship, sacrifice and loss.Read on if you've never seen this.
The CPA was designed to be a grand experiment in nation-building, a body of experts who would be Iraq's guide for transforming itself into a model for democracy in the Middle East. Unlike previous reconstruction efforts, it was to be manned by civilians -- advisers on politics, law, medicine, transportation, agronomy and other key areas. They were supposed to be experts, but many of the younger hires who filled the CPA's hallways were longer on enthusiasm than on expertise.
All we ever hear is how government isn't the answer, and how private businesses do such better work. Then, in high hypocritical fashion, conservatives start doling out gigs to every friend possible. It'd be one thing if these people receiving jobs actually believed the government could help people, facilitate competition, and make life for Americans better, but this isn't the attitude these people have. These people come in and do as little as possible, and then point to government as failing. Picking up a paycheck is priority one, which is pretty much the opposite consideration for most intelligent people who choose to help make government work.
If you think this is all hogwash, you needed to hear the bullshit coming out of Governor Mike Huckabee's mouth in New Hampshire a few weeks ago. Unfortunately, C-Span took down the video link, and there's no official text of the event, but it was one for the ages.
Huckabee told a little anecdote about a friend of his asking him if he could find a job for his son. It went something like this:
Friend: Mike, my son needs a job.
Huckabee: Well, I'm not sure what I can do for him.
Friend: C'mon, Mike, he's a good guy. He just needs to get going in the right direction.
Huckabee: Okay. Well, what does he want to do?
Friend: Right now he'll do anything.
Huckabee: Okay. Well, what's he good at?
Huckabee: Perfect! We won't even have to train him!
Then Huckabee went on to say that government isn't the anwser to creating jobs. Of course, it's the answer to creating jobs for Haliburton, the Vice President's own company. It's also the answer for politicians and hacks to profit from hand over fist when they leave government. That it's good for.
See, Mike Huckabee, who will run for President, can say this outloud, and New Hampshire Republicans can hee and haw along with him because they're all in denial together.
The Hypocrisy Train just chugs along.
On another note, it's great how I cannot find footage of this event, or the text of it, anywhere. CSPAN pulled it down, and the Governor fails to mention this event on his website. Afterall, the people of Arkansas have to believe he's working for them. Huckabee is so proud of the event you'd be hard pressed to find public documentation of it.